June 10, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

June 10, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

May 10 Burn Permits required
May 15 Firewood Season Starts – permits at The Corner
June 12 10am to 2pm Community Hall Clean Up Day
June 20 Yellow Pine Vet Clinic call 208-382-4590 for appointment
June 30 Golf Tournament
July 4 Parade 2pm and Fireworks at dusk
July 7 Community Hall Yard Sale 9am to Noon
July 14 at 2pm, Community Hall, Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting
July 19 Noxious Weed Day
July 21 10am CPR Class at the Fire Station
August 3, 4, 5 Music and Harmonica Festival
August 11 at 2pm Community Hall, Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting
September 8 at 10am Community Hall YP Fire Budget Hearing
September 8 at 2pm Community Hall, Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting

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Village News:

Sunday Morning Snow

link to FB photo:

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Dust Abatement Sign-up

It’s time to think dust abatement again. Word from North American Dust Control is that they will be in YP sometime in June. Please let me know if you are interested in having dust abatement done. fillerd2 @ live.com or 633-6945. – Deb F.
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Looking for White Folding Tables

Hi Yellow Pine

The Community Hall is missing some white folding tables. Please check your area and return the tables to the Community Hall.

Thank You
Kathleen Hall
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Life Flight

The Helicopter Landing Zone (HLZ) class was on June 5th at 2pm. “It was a great turn-out of at least 22 people!” The presentation with Life Flight will started at the fire station and ended at Johnson Creek Airport with a helicopter landing.

Photo album on Facebook:

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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Thursday, June 7th, a report the dumpsters had been emptied and the Transfer Station was clean. The road was rough between Yellow Pine and the dump.

Please do not dump household appliances at our transfer station, it is for household trash only and must be placed in the dumpsters.

However, there is a burn pile for woody debris only. “Bring it, Don’t Burn it.”
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Ticks, Skeeters and Pollen

Getting reports that ticks are still pretty bad and the mosquitoes are out in droves. Pine pollen time, puddles have yellow “bathtub” rings.
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Local Events:

Community Hall Clean Up Day June 12 10am to 2pm, Mark Your Calendar

Hi Yellow Pine Folks;

Yes it is clean up time getting ready for Summer.

I need help, please.

Kitchen Floor Prepped for Linoleum
Clean Fridge and Freezer
Main Room
Wash Floor
Wash Windows
Outside
Cut and Weed Whack Grass
Burn Hard Wood Behind Community Hall
Put Corrugated Panels Behind Community Hall
Clean Steps of Bird Poop
Paint Picnic Tables
Basement
Remove Trash

Things That We Need
Rags
Paint Brushes
Paper Towels
Trash Bags

Thank you to everyone for your support of your Community Hall.
Kathleen Hall
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Yellow Pine Vet Clinic June 20

Dr. Keith Ruble from Cascade Vet Clinic will be in Yellow Pine on Wednesday June 20th. You must sign up via the clinic by calling (208) 382-4590 (M-W-F) so they can bring charts and meds.

The clinic will be at 125 Pioneer Street (white house, green roof) in the morning.
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4th of July Golf Tournament June 30th

Our 20th annual Yellow Pine Golf Tournament will take place on June 30th 2018. The proceeds will go towards the Yellow Pine Medical Training and Supply Fund. By giving to this annual event, you’ll be supporting the village of Yellow Pine and our growing EMS service.

Thanks to Cascade Fire/EMS Fire Commissioners, Chief Steve Hull and the EMS Director Keri Donica, Yellow Pine is now a Cascade Fire/EMS Paramedic Ambulance Sub-station. This allows us to have equipment available in Yellow Pine to treat and care for patients in the field, not only First Aid but Advanced Life Support. Yellow Pine now has Nationally Registered: 4 EMR’s, 1 RN-EMT, and 1 Paramedic in Yellow Pine.

The cost for the event is $20/person or $50 will give you a sponsorship and pay for 2 players!

As a sponsor, your name will be put on a plaque, or you can provide your own sign for the event. This plaque will be posted on one of our 18 holes during the tournament.

To reserve a place in the tournament please contact Jeff or Ann Forster @ aforsterrn@aol.com or call (208) 633-1010.

You can mail your payments to: P.O. Box 38 Yellow Pine, ID. 83677.

Please make checks payable to “Cascade Fire EMS” attn: YP Golf Tournament.

Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Jeff Forster – Paramedic & Ann Forster – BS, RN, EMT
Event Coordinators
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Yard Sale – Saturday, July 7 9am-Noon

Garage Sale Date Change

Due to the busy day we will have on June 30, I have decided to more the garage sale to July 7 from 9-noon.

Everyone can bring their items anytime to the community hall. I will have a space marked for the items.

Please remember this is a Donation and Everything Must Work.

If you want your items back if they don’t sell you must pick them up at 12:30 on July 7th.

The proceeds of the Garage Sale will go to the maintenance of the Community Hall.

If you have questions please call Kathy Hall at 208 633 6270 or text to 630 915 1544

Thank you everyone for your support of the Yellow Pine Community Hall
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July 19 (free) Noxious Weed Day

Steve has scheduled his visit to Yellow Pine for Thursday July 19th. The staging area will be the Fire Department. He will bring up the Chemicals and spray equipment. Backpack sprayers, pump up sprayers, ATV tanks and he needs to know how many of these we need. He will leave everything there for the weekend and pick it all up Monday. Please call Kathy Hall 208 633-6270 for forms and information.

link to form:
Steve Anderson from Valley County Weed Control
Office (208)382-7199
e-mail: SAnderson @ co.valley.id.us
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Local Groups:

VYPA News:

Summer Meeting Schedule:

July 14, 2pm, Community Hall, Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting
August 11, 2pm, Community Hall, Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting
September 8, 2pm, Community Hall, Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting
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YPFD News:

June 3 – Training today consisted of General Orientation for some and Rope training for others.

Link to photo gallery on FB:

Bring it, Don’t Burn it

For us in Yellow Pine, Jake Strohmeyer, Dist. Ranger with the Boise NF said we can use the area at our transfer station for yard debris and the FS will burn it once a year. Please no furniture, mattresses, construction debris, metal objects, tires or personnel junk. Please only woody yard debris. When using the pile please be mindful of where you place the debris as it should be contained to a manageable burnable area and kept as clean as possible. – JF

Burn Permits Needed After May 10

A reminder that May 10 is beginning of fire season where burning permits for open burning are required. The free permits show the fire officials who has a planned burn. Seeing smoke can easily raise concerns. When neighbors call in seeing smoke, the fire department can then see if that person has their burn permit or if they need to go and address the source of the unknown smoke.

Contact Fire Chief Jeff at 633-1010 or email j4star1911 @ gmail.com

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

YP Fire Budget Hearing: September 8, 2018 – 10am Community Hall

Fire Department Training on Sunday’s at 11:00 all are welcome

Test of the fire siren will resume beginning June 1, at 12:00 noon and go through November

CPR class coming to YP July 21st 10am at the Fire Station (includes AED). If interested please notify Jeff or Ann.

Special Use Permit for Fire Station and Helispot:

The Boise National Forest has granted a “Special Use Permit” to the Yellow Pine Fire Protection District for the Fire Station lot and the Helispot. The Helispot is a new addition and the Fire Station lot was a renewal. This permit will expire 12/31/2037 (20 years) and will need to be rewed again at that time. Thanks to Jake Strohmeyer, District Ranger and Chris (Kit) Woras, Special Use Permit Administrator of the Boise Forest for spending a lot of time and correspondence to get this permit completed.

Helispot / Life Flight:

The Helispot needs a lot of work and a base needs to be put down before officially being used. I’m currently in discussion with some folks to help with the ground prep and to put the base down. Life Flight and other agencies will need to do an inspection as well before using the helispot.

Anyone needing a Smoke/CO detector or fire extinguisher please let Jeff, Cecil or Dan know.

Jeff F.

There are YPFD T-shirts, as well as YPFD patches and stickers for sale at the Tavern now.
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2018 Festival:

The next planning meeting will be June 22

August 3, 4, 5 Music and Harmonica Festival
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge

Now open for summer (208) 633-3377
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Yellow Pine Tavern

Hours: 9am to 8pm daily

Daily Menu: full Breakfast served also Burgers and Pizza for Afternoon and Evening. Good selection of Beer and Wine.
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The Corner 633-3325

Our hours for this week: Monday-Friday 4pm-8pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-close

We will also be cooking most of the week for private events so if anyone wants something outside of those hours just call and we can usually accommodate.

The Corner Store is open as well, just call for grocery needs, fresh produce, eggs, meat etc.
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Local Propane Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
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Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430

We have a great price on wild bird seed. $19.99 for a 50 lb bag. 12.99 for a 25 lb bag. We also sell suet blocks (peanut crunch, and cherry) for $1.99 per block. Niger Thistle seed $13.25 for 5 lbs.
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Local Observations:

Monday (June 4) a few sprinkles of rain after midnight, overnight low of 46 degrees, dry and partly cloudy this morning. Big pileated woodpecker drumming on the power pole, then flapped over to the ant pile. Swallows taking feathers to the nests this morning, finches singing. There are now 6 eggs in the swallow nest we are watching. Increasing clouds during the day, thicker with dark bottoms and some pretty hard gusts of wind in the afternoon, high of 80 degrees. Red-breasted nuthatch tapping seeds open and cassins finches at the feeders. Calmer and cloudy by sunset, then almost clear at dark with one long “roll” cloud stretching from north to south. A bear dashed across the golf course before dark.

Tuesday (June 5) overnight low of 44 degrees, high haze and thin clouds over most of the sky this morning, not much dew. Swallows swooping for feathers. Finches and robins calling. Not many birds around. A couple of jays hanging out with the chickens. Mamma swallow covered her eggs with feathers while she was gone to feed, but mostly setting on her 6 eggs today. Warm afternoon, high thin clouds, high of 77 degrees. Helicopter (Life Flight class) hovered (landed?) by the cross roads. Slowly cooling off after sundown under hazy skies. Loud robins calling just before dark.

Wednesday (June 6) overnight low of 39 degrees, solid high overcast and light breezes. Swallows swooping low, finches and red-breasted nuthatches at the feeders. Ground squirrels wrestling in the grass. Lilacs are about done blooming, mountain ash is blooming well. Warm day, high of 82 degrees. A couple of jays visiting this afternoon, no sign of grosbeaks. Swallows flying low at dusk.

Thursday (June 7) overnight low of 47 degrees, mostly cloudy (thin) this morning and dry. A few early airplanes. Finches visiting and swallows swooping low. Amerigas was in delivering propane this morning. Thick dark clouds after lunch time and impressive thunder, light short showers. Pileated woodpecker drumming on a power pole down here, answered by another to the north. Papa swallow took his turn setting on the 6 eggs while Mamma swallow went out for a bite to eat. Rufous (male) hummingbird visited after the rain shower. Ground squirrels and golden mantels active in the afternoon. Very dark clouds in the afternoon, thunder and gusty breezes and sprinkles of rain, high of 80 degrees. Light showers before sundown and again after midnight.

Friday (June 8) overnight low of 45 degrees, almost clear this morning, one little patch of foggy clouds on Johnson Creek ridge. Finches, grosbeaks, nuthatches and a couple of jays at the feeders, swallows swooping and calling. Both parents take turns setting on the eggs, the male comes in when the female leaves to feed. Clouds building after lunch time, dark bottoms and fluffy tops, warm and light breezes, high of 80 degrees. Pileated woodpecker drumming on the power pole and some grosbeaks and brown headed cowbirds showed up later in the afternoon. Mostly clear and mild at sundown. Skeeters and gnats are out.

Saturday (June 9) overnight low of 44 degrees and partly clear, clouds coming in. Helicopter and airplane traffic early. Finches and cowbirds at the feeders. Swallows still taking feathers to the nest, spy-cam shows female setting on eggs and arraigning new feathers. Dark clouds and gusty winds after lunch, light sprinkles after 3pm, high of 74 degrees. More finches after the rain. Evening rain showers, cool and dark clouds. Female evening grosbeak at the feeder in the rain, white-breasted nuthatch visited. Female swallows in the bird houses, males sitting in the rain on the power line at dusk. Rained most of the night.

Sunday (June 10) overnight low of 35 degrees, damp and mostly cloudy / partly clear this morning. Fresh snow on the ridges above 6000′. Robins, finches and swallows calling. Cool and breezy today, high of 55 degrees (so far), partly clear / mostly cloudy. This afternoon the male swallows are not around, females are sitting on eggs. Young colombian ground squirrels out and about, couple of golden mantel squirrels cleaning up under the bird feeders this afternoon, and a red-breasted nuthatch visited.
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RIP:

John Charles (Skip) Gould
1950-2018
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John Charles (Skip) Gould, 67 of Yellow Pine, Idaho died from cancer on May 26th, 2018 at a family member’s home in Meridian, Idaho.

Skip was born on September 7th, 1950 to Orpha and Larry Gould Sr. in Caldwell, Idaho. He had two older Siblings, Pat Hurley and Larry (Butch) Gould.

He grew up in Caldwell and graduated from Caldwell High School in 1968, later that year he joined the Marines and spent two years serving his country doing a one year tour in Vietnam.

After his return to Idaho, Skip worked – traveled to numerous countries with his close friend Bob Wennstrom – worked, and then seeing what the world had to offer, settled down in the small community of Yellow Pine when he was employed by Canadian Superior for the Stibnite Mining project in the mid- 1970s. After his employment with Superior ended, he remained in Yellow Pine at the “Cabin” and was only gone when his work required temporary residence throughout the U.S. This was from the Arctic Circle in Alaska to the Mexican borderlands in New Mexico, from Pennsylvania to the Columbia River gorge windmill country, and to Louisiana, he and his wife, Shizuko saw very much of what this vast country’s diversity provided.

Skip met Shizuko in Caldwell and then got married in her homeland of Okinawa where her family lives.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Shizuko, his sister Pat and his brother Butch.

Skip’s wishes were not to have a service.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Skip’s memorial webpage at http://www.summersfuneral.com

Published in Idaho Statesman on June 6, 2018
Guest Book:
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Yellow Pine Memory 2004

20040117skirace3-ABig Excitement in Downtown Yellow Pine

The Pioneer Military Cross Country Ski Challenge was held in Yellow Pine on Saturday, January 17th, 2004. The Army and Marines were represented by good men, (names withheld upon request.) The race started about 1pm at the dump, and the contestants crossed the finish line at the Yellow Pine NCO Club (a.k.a. The Corner Bar) about 40 minutes later, in a photo finish!

A crowd of well wishers assembled at the finish line when the skiers were first sighted at the edge of town. To 20040117skirace4-Athe strains of “Chariots of Fire” on the loud speakers – and cheers from the crowd – Army and Marine matched stride for stride up the main street. Suddenly, the Marine fell down, but as a good soldier would help a fellow comrade in arms, Army stopped and helped him to his feet.

Again, they started for the finish line, with the music swelling in the background, and the crowd going wild (and 4 video camera running), the skiers crossed the finish line – in a DEAD HEAT.

[Note: Both our good friends in the photos have passed, Sarge (Army) and Skip (Marine).
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Letter to Share:

Noxious weeds a problem even at high elevation

We’re lucky here in Valley County, if you can call it lucky. Because of our higher elevation and short growing season we don’t have near the problem with noxious weeds than some of our neighboring counties do.

We only have about 18 of the 67 weeds on the Idaho Noxious Weed List. Noxious weeds effects everyone!, but it is the private landowners’ responsibility to control weeds on their own property, If you have a 1/4-acre lot in town or 25,000 acres of rangeland and pasture you must do whatever is necessary to control the spread of noxious and invasive plants.

There is some help available through the landowners assistance “Cost Share” program. We received some funding from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture to purchase herbicide to give out to private landowners to help treat noxious weeds only.

We can help you Identifying noxious weeds, we have herbicide at no charge and equipment we loan out, and we can offer advice on that is the best method to control your weeds.

Contact the Valley County Weed Department at 208-382-7199 or e-mail me at SAnderson@co.valley.id.us

Please leave a message with a return phone number and please be patient, we are still short-staffed and will return your call as soon as we can.

Steve Anderson, Valley County, Weed and Pest Control

source: The Star-News
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Idaho News:

Assessor: Property values rise in McCall

Some commercial properties see big jump

By Tom Grote for The Star-News June 7, 2018

Property values increased by an average of 10.3 percent in Valley County this year over last year, according to figures released this week by the Valley County Assessor’s Office.

Commercial properties often saw large increases, some at least 60 percent, to make up for those properties being undervalued in past years, according to the assessor’s office.

The report comes as owners of 24,673 parcels of property in Valley County received their 2018 assessment notices beginning this week.

Residential values in McCall increased the most due to a surge in real estate sales and construction the past two years. Residential values in the Donnelly and Cascade areas also increased, but not as much as McCall, the figures said.

An increase in valuation does not necessarily mean property taxes, Statistician Anthony Francesconi of the assessor’s office said.

State law caps increases in budgets by local governments to 3 percent per year, Francesconi said. “In theory, when assessed value increases, the levies go down,” he said.

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June 20 deadline noted to pay Adams, Valley property taxes

The Star-News June 7, 2018

June 20 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for property owners in Adams and Valley counties to pay the second half of their yearly property taxes.

Late charges and interest will begin on June 21, with interest retroactive from Jan. 1, 2018, so mailed payments should be correctly stamped by date.

The treasurers’ offices in both counties are open during the lunch hour Mondays through Fridays.

Valley County accepts credit card payments at http://co.valley.id.us or by calling 208-382-7110.

In Adams County, payments can be placed in the drop box at the main courthouse entrance in Council.

The office has credit card, debit card or echeck payment options online at http://co.adams.id.us or by calling 208- 253-4263 Ext. 6 for questions.

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Searchers find body of missing McCall man

Relatives located 60-year-old Shayne Upshaw Friday evening.

KTVB June 8, 2018

Valley County – The body of a missing 60-year-old McCall man was found by searchers at around 6:30 p.m. Friday, the Valley County Sheriff’s Office said.

Shayne A. Upshaw was reported missing on Wednesday. His family said no one had seen him in more than five days. The sheriff’s office was told that Upshaw suffered from diabetes and may have had other medical issues.

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Cascade Schools staffers to take early retirement to save teachers’ jobs

Last week, the Cascade School District announced they were going to have to cut four positions. But to ensure nobody had to lose their job, two tenured staffers stepped up – helping close the budget gap.

Morgan Boydston KTVB June 7, 2018

Cascade, Idaho — A scenario rural school districts across the state are dealing with is playing out in the mountain town of Cascade.

As the school district struggles with funding and dwindling enrollment, they’re left to make cuts in staff and resources. Last week, the Cascade School District announced they were going to have to cut four positions; they said they were going to leave two positions vacant (two teachers are leaving the district) and lay off two other teachers – what is known as a Reduction in Force (RIF) to save money and get out of deficit spending.

But to ensure nobody had to lose their job, two tenured staffers stepped up – helping close the budget gap. Educator, technology director, and bus driver, Chris Hinze, and English and drama teacher, Roni Rankin, have been with the district for more than three decades. They are now making a sacrifice and set to take retirement early.

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Study: Cascade Airport in good condition, but some work needed

By Max Silverson for The Star-News June 7, 2018

The Cascade Airport is in good condition and does not require substantial improvements over the next 20 years, according to the airport’s newly updated master plan.

A public hearing on the updated plan will be held before the Cascade City Council starting at 5 p.m. Monday at Cascade City Hall.

The airport is located two miles south of the city along Idaho 55 and is owned, operated and managed by the city.

The 4,300-foot runway is “excellent” condition, having been rebuilt in 2012, and there is no need to extend or widen the runway in the next 20 years, the study said.

However, the apron, where planes are parked adjacent to the runway, is in poor condition, showing multiple deep cracks.

The city has requested funding to design a renovation of the apron, said Rob Terry, the former Cascade mayor who is chair of the city’s Airport Advisory Committee.

Most of the $166,700 cost of the design will be paid by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Idaho Department of Aeronautics, but the city’s share will be about $10,000, Terry said.

The airport sees about 8,150 take-offs and landings per year, of which about 75 percent are the takeoffs and landings of planes from Arnold Aviation, which supplies mail to backcountry locations, Terry said.

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Farmers market to open in Donnelly on Wednesday

The Star-News June 7, 2018

Valley County will get another farmers market when the Donnelly Farmers Market opens on Wednesday.

The market will operate each Wednesday, except for July 4, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Donnelly City Park, located on F.W. Gestrin Street across from Donnelly Elementary School.

The market will be operated by a nonprofit group and will offer locally and regionally grown fruits and vegetables as well as honey, eggs, baked goods and crafts.

The market’s opening day will also have several interactive activities for children, along with blood pressure checks and dental screenings, for adults.

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Logging in

‘Bold Betties’ clear Arling Trail near Tamarack Resort and surprise themselves

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News June 7, 2018

Laura Feeney could watch two-person crosscut saws make quick work of downed logs all day if she wasn’t on one end of the saw herself.

Feeney and seven other women spent last weekend working to clear Arling Trail on West Mountain near Tamarack Resort.

The cleanup effort was the result of a partnership between the Boise Bold Betties and the Idaho Trails Association.

“It felt so amazing to help open a trail and know that people will be able to use it and hopefully gain some peace and maybe even some strength,” said Pam Bond, who is a member of both the Bold Betties and the trails association board of directors.

In all, the group cut out 18 downed trees, built two drainage dips and spent several hours clearing brush from the trail corridor, said Bond, the project co-leader.

Each downed log cleared from the trail was immediately followed by loud cheering and congratulations all around.

“I was excited to put together an all-woman trail maintenance trip and I knew the Bold Betties were just the gals for it,” Bond said.

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Bold Betties Idaho Working as a crew!

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Idaho to take over regulating water pollution from EPA

By Keith Ridler – 6/5/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — Idaho will take over regulating pollution discharge into the state’s lakes and rivers from the federal government under an agreement signed Tuesday by the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the agreement was the culmination of a tremendous amount of work and partnership between the state and the federal agency.

“Congratulations to the state of Idaho,” he said. “We are excited to sign this and look forward to working with Idaho as we go forward on these issues.”

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Idaho utility sues EPA over Hells Canyon dams requirement

Idaho Power seeks to force the EPA to allow warmer water temperatures in the Snake River below the Hells Canyon Complex.

Keith Ridler Associated Press June 7, 2018

Boise – An Idaho utility has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contending the agency failed to act on a request by the state of Idaho to modify water temperature standards below a hydroelectric project on the Idaho-Oregon border.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday by Idaho Power Company in U.S. District Court seeks to force the agency to approve a 2012 request by Idaho allowing warmer water temperatures in the Snake River below the Hells Canyon Complex.

The area is a key spawning spot for federally protected fall chinook salmon.

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Nearing the end of spring runoff season

by Nathan Larsen Friday, June 8th 2018


Bureau of Reclamation Storage Levels.

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — Now that we’re heading into the middle of June, much of the snowpack in the higher elevations has melted and we’ve seen the peak of spring runoff season. Many of the reservoirs are stuffed to capacity and water resource managers are cutting back the amount being released from the dams now that natural flow rates are falling. Flow rates along the Boise River have dropped to just over 2,220 cubic feet per second(cfs) from roughly 4,500 cfs earlier in the week.

As it currently sits, the Boise River system is in great shape, sitting at just over 910,000 acre-feet compared the average of 802,000 acre-feet. The Payette River and Boise River systems are at 99% and 96% of overall capacity, respectively. The water supply being above average, not from this years below average snowpack levels, but from the abundance of carryover from the 2016-2017 water year.

Now that the river levels are dropping it won’t be too long before it’s ‘safe’ to be out recreating on them, however, depending on how quickly the remaining snowpack melts off could spike the levels a little bit. Be sure to be safe this weekend, rivers are still flowing swiftly and water temperatures are remain very chilly.

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Mining News:

Ask Midas: How Do I See the Site?

May 30

Midas Gold Idaho wants to keep the community informed about the work we are doing at the Stibnite Gold Project site. The Ask Midas blog series gives the experts in our company a chance to answer some of the community’s most frequently asked questions and help clear up any misconceptions around the project.

The history of the Stibnite Mining District is important to understanding why we have proposed our project the way we have. We think the best way for people to understand why we want to restore the site is to come and see the Stibnite Gold Project site for yourself this summer.

How Can I Visit the Stibnite Gold Project Site?

Every summer, when the roads are no longer muddy and the weather has warmed up, we invite community members to join us on a tour of the Stibnite Gold Project site. On the tour, we show guests the former Stibnite town site, the Yellow Pine Pit, the former Meadow Creek Mine and mill site, as well as the location of the legacy tailings and heap leach facilities. At each of these stops, we share the history of the site and point out the legacies that have been left behind.

Tours are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis and leave from McCall, Cascade and Yellow Pine. To find out the dates of the tours this summer and to reserve your spot, call (208) 669-2380 or email couture@MidasGoldInc.com. Typically, we leave Cascade or McCall at 8:00 a.m. or Yellow Pine at 10:00 a.m. and return to Yellow Pine by 3:00 p.m., and Cascade or McCall a couple of hours later. We also provide snacks, lunch and water. If you have a group larger than 10 people, we may be able to set up a special tour date just for you and your group. We hope you’ll consider joining us this summer!

If you have a question you would like us to answer, please email it to community@midasgoldcorp.com

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Fire News:

Fire season underway as Boise BLM responds to multiple wildfires

For Immediate Release: June 5, 2018, 9:30pm
Contact: Boise District Fire Information Line (208) 384-3378
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire

A clear indication that fire season has arrived, the Boise District BLM responded to four wildfires this afternoon. Fire crews hope to have all fires controlled by the end of shift tomorrow. As fuels continue to dry out, the Boise BLM urges the public to take all necessary fire safety precautions when recreating on public lands.

MM 28 HWY 78 Fire
* Located approximately 3 miles north of Murphy, ID
* Approximately 25 acres
* Cause under investigation
* Boise BLM fire resources – 4 engines and 1 dozer

Baja Fire
* Located approximately 10 miles northwest of GrandView, ID
* Approximately 208 acres
* Cause under investigation
* Boise BLM fire resources – 2 engines and 1 water tender

Sommer Fire
* Located approximately 6 miles southwest of Marsing, ID
* Approximately 212 acres
* Cause under investigation
* Boise BLM fire resources – 2 engines and 1 water tender
* The Marsing Rural Fire Department and the Owyhee Range Fire Protection Association also responded to this incident

Dale Fire
* Located approximately 6 miles southwest of Kuna, ID
* Approximately 1/2 acre
* Cause under investigation
* This incident was controlled today at 2:00pm

For More Information
Jared Jablonski, Fire Information and Prevention Office, 208 384-3210
Idaho Wildfires visit http://www.IdahoFireInfo.com
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Large brush fire burning near Massacre Rocks State Park

Local News 9 June 10, 2018

A brush fire is burning west of American Falls near Massacre Rocks State Park.

The fire began Saturday afternoon and has burned over several acres north of the Snake River.

Firefighters say heavy winds are pushing the fire larger.

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Joe Winters Cabin fire June 9, 2018

River Joe Cabin fire June 9, 2018, a sad day here at Massacre Rocks State Park. Since 1935, Joe Winters hermit cabin was a landmark here at the park, but a range fire burned the 83-year old cabin to the ground today.

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Boise Fire issues warning on illegal fireworks: ‘the consequences can be devastating’

Idaho law prohibits the sale of aerial fireworks to the general public, but that doesn’t keep people from getting their hands on them and setting them off.

KTVB June 5, 2018

Boise – With annual Independence Day celebrations just a month away, the Boise Fire Department is reminding everyone that only “safe and sane” fireworks are legal in Idaho.

Safe and sane fireworks are essentially fireworks that stay on the ground. Idaho law prohibits the sale of aerial fireworks to the general public.

The Boise Fire Department says they want fireworks vendors to know that if an illegal firework sold from their stand causes a fire, they will be held responsible.

Anyone who sparks a wildfire can be required to pay restitution for the cost of fighting the fire. Last year, a Boise man who started the Table Rock Fire of 2016 pleaded guilty to unlawful use of fireworks, and was ordered to pay almost $400,000 in restitution.

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Regional Intermountain Newsletter Special Issue

June 8, 2018

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Public Lands:

Westside Divide Projects – Scoping Started

The Emmett Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is proposing a series of projects to address forest health and hazardous fuel concerns along the west side of the District. The Cottonwood, Ola Summit, and Tripod project areas collectively comprise the West Side Divide (WSD) project (see enclosure). Proposed treatments and additional information about the WSD project, in addition to what is presented here, can also be found on the Tripod project webpage. (Click on the Scoping tab to access the scoping letter.)
https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54015

Proposed treatments are intended to manage forest structure and species composition to improve forest landscape resiliency to recover from uncharacteristic insect and disease disturbances, while promoting development of the large-tree size class dominated by seral tree species, and achieve Forest Plan desired vegetation and wildlife source habitat conditions. Proposed actions include commercial and non-commercial thinning, other product removal (e.g. firewood), slash treatment including lop and scatter, mastication, and pile and burn, and prescribed burning. Implementation would begin in 2020 in the Cottonwood area, with the Ola Summit and Tripod areas likely starting implementation in 2021.

District Ranger Newton is requesting public input (scoping) on all three WSD project areas to identify any potential issues that have not already been identified during interdisciplinary team efforts to develop this project.

There is potential to use the Farm Bill Categorical Exclusion (CE) for these projects. If a CE is used, there would not be an additional period where written comments are solicited for the project. However, it should be understood that some aspects of the proposed actions could change prior to a decision being signed based on comments received during scoping, collaboration with the Boise Forest Coalition, Tribal Consultation, and additional field work and analysis conducted by resource specialists.

In order for your scoping comments to be reviewed and considered in a timely manner, we ask that you please submit them within 30 calendar days following the date of signature on this letter. Comments specific to the proposed action that identify a cause-effect relationship are most helpful. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record for this project and will be available for public inspection. Several options are available for submitting comments.

Electronic comments can be sent to the Emmett Ranger District Comment Inbox. For those receiving a hardcopy, the email address is: comments-intermtn-boise-emmett@fs.fed.us. Please be sure to include “West Side Divide” in the email subject line. An automated response should confirm your electronic submission has been received. Acceptable formats for electronic submission are text or html e- mail, Adobe portable document format (PDF), and formats viewable in Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Word). Electronic comments can also be submitted via the project comment web form.
https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=54015

Hardcopy comments can be:

Mailed to:

Boise National Forest, Emmett Ranger District
Attn: Deb Lozinski
1805 Hwy 16, Room 5
Emmett, ID 83617

Hand delivered to:
Emmett Ranger District (1805 Hwy 16, Room 5 Emmett, ID 83617)
Front Desk (Specify comments are for West Side Divide)

Faxed to:
(208) 365-7037, Attn: Deb Lozinski (Specify on the cover page that these are comments for the West Side Divide projects)

Thank you for taking the time to review the actions proposed for this project. If you have any questions, please direct them to Deb Lozinski, Project Leader, at 208-365-7016.

Sincerely, Tera Little (208-373-4157)
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BLM to release wild horses to Sands Basin Herd Management Area

Contact: Heather Tiel-Nelson (208) 736-2352
June 5, 2018

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management Owyhee Field Office will release 26 wild horses to the Sands Basin Herd Management Area (HMA) southwest of Homedale on June 13, 2018. Nearly all of the Sands Basin HMA was burned by the 279,144-acre Soda Fire in 2015.

The BLM gathered 279 wild horses from the three HMAs in the Owyhees directly following the fire and has been caring for those that will return to the range at both the Boise Wild Horse Corrals and Bruneau Off-Range Corrals since that time. Over 80 of the horses gathered have been adopted.

“We are very pleased to see the wild horses released to Sands Basin,” said Lara Douglas, BLM Boise District Manager. “Maintaining viable wild horse herds on healthy public rangelands is important to the BLM.”

Three trailer loads of horses will be released, and the process happens fairly quickly. If members of the public are interested in watching the release, BLM staff will meet at the I-O-N Truck Plaza, 5644 Buntrock Road, in Marsing at 10:30 a.m. on June 13 to caravan to the observation area. Visitors will need to provide their own transportation – preferably a vehicle with high clearance, four-wheel drive and a spare tire – and be prepared to walk a short distance over uneven terrain to the viewing area. Please expect the road to the viewing area to be rough and dusty.

For more information about the release, please contact Heather Tiel-Nelson, (208) 736-2352.
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Forest Service Intermountain Region News

Volume 2 Issue 9 June 8, 2018

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Letter to Share:

News From the Gamebird Foundation

June 6th, 2018 Newsletter

Things have been busy for the Foundation this spring. We had the KIDS FREE DAY AT LITTLE CANYON SPORTING. There was small bore riffle shooting, shooting at clays with shot guns, hunting for ring neck rooster pheasants, and then, after all that, there was one heck of a lunch for all the kids and their mentors. The only cost was driving up to Little Canyon Sports above Peck, Idaho. There were approximately 60 + kids that had completed their hunter ed. that hunted pheasants. We really want to thank Sonny, Andy, and the crew that made this happen. I would like to again thank all the sponsors and volunteers that came and offered to help and provided ammunition and food.

Moving on, we are into the pheasant chick raising stage. We are into the 3rd week of the season now. The members of the foundation have brought in about 3000 chicks so far to raise and release into wildlife habitat. The chicks come from Little Canyon Hatchery. Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG), supplies money for the chicks. To raise chicks, we require that you have a current membership with the Gamebird Foundation. There is a special form that has to be filled out for IDFG because they need to know where the Pheasants have been raised. The pheasant chicks are free to the Gamebird Foundation members and we have baby chick feed at a reduced rate. We are currently in need of a place in Orofino, Kamiah, or Kooskia to store grain for the chicks. It would be nice to find a place to store about 10 to 15 50 lb. bags.

We are in the process of building brooders that will handle 100 to 125 baby chicks. We are getting some donated material, but need to buy heaters, feeders, and waterers for them. Some folks are building their own; we have a couple folks that are building them as we get the material for them. They cost money, so if you find a few dimes to spare we could use them in the form of a donation or even just becoming a member. All the membership and donation money goes into this project.

We are also working on the fall project of releasing full-grown rooster pheasants for youth hunting on “Access Yes” land. This program started last year with IDFG furnishing the rooster pheasants from Little Canyon. We have a place on the Palouse River where The Gamebird Foundation releases the birds every Friday evening for the kids to hunt on Saturday and the rest of the week. Last year we released 250 roosters. This year we will have more to release. More on this later. The Gottchalk family has donated this property for the “Access Yes” hunts, but we are looking for more ground for additional hunts. If you know of some or have some let us know and we will help you to get into a program.

Membership for the Gamebird Foundation is $20.00 for the family. All funds that we can raise from membership and donations goes into raising and releasing the birds into good habitat. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization so your donations are tax deductible. We have no paid employees, as we are all volunteers. Come join us, as we can use a donation in any form – volunteer help and cash. We have some great items that have been donated for silent auction, which will be released later.

Please pass on to friends and family.

Jim Hagedorn
Executive Director
GamebirdFoundation
The Gamebird Foundation
208-883-3423
Jhag1008 @ gmail.com
PO Box 100, Viola, Idaho 83872
http://www.thegamebirdfoundation.org
Promoting Habitat Protection and Responsible Land Management
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Critter News:

Pet Talk – What is a corneal ulcer?

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Jun 1, 2018 IME

The cornea is the outermost layer of our eye. Light shines through the cornea, then through the lens, then hits the rods and cones in the retina, which read light. A corneal ulcer occurs when the protective surface layer of the cornea is scratched. The deeper layers of the cornea are then infected and, because they have many nerves, the eye becomes very painful. Corneal ulcers range from superficial abrasions and small circular lesions to deep craters that can perforate.

Many things can cause corneal ulcers. The most common are foreign objects such as plant material getting stuck under the lids and rubbing on the cornea. Trauma to the cornea such as cat scratches is also common, as are abnormalities of the eyelids and eyelashes. Exposure to irritants can also cause ulcers, as can poor tear production.

Pain and squinting and pawing at the eye are commonly seen. The eye is usually reddened and often has a purulent discharge. The presence of a corneal ulcer is confirmed by applying a stain to the eye, then washing the stain out. An ulcer will absorb the stain, which then can be outlined and characterized by size, depth and severity.

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Pet Talk Tumors of the spleen in dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Jun81, 2018 IME

Hemangiosarcoma is a highly malignant tumor of the blood vessels. It commonly arises in the spleen, an organ in the abdomen. Growth of a mass on the spleen may go undetected until it becomes quite large or ruptures, which may result in life-threatening bleeding into the abdomen. Hemangiosarcoma has a high propensity to spread quickly to other organs (metastasis), especially to the liver. Most dogs are middle-age, and affected breeds are Labradors, golden retrievers and German shepherds.

No one knows what causes this tumor to develop. Clinical signs are usually related to internal bleeding that arises from rupture of the splenic mass. This causes acute weakness, collapse, pale gums, abdominal distention and shock. Often, the bleeding stops on its own, and the above signs slowly subside. However, signs often recur due to repeated episodes of bleeding. These can result in death if left untreated.

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Asian Lady Beetles: Could They Harm Your Dog?

By Paula Fitzsimmons

When a graphic image of Bailey, the dog with over 40 Asian lady beetles stuck to the roof of her mouth, surfaced in 2016, pet parents were naturally alarmed. Fortunately, her veterinarian was able to remove the beetles, and Bailey was restored to good health.

As a good dog parent, you’d like to know if Asian lady beetles are a threat to your pet. The short answer is yes. But the good news is that these encounters are rare, and when they do occur, they’re usually quite treatable.

Find out whether your dog is at risk, how to prevent encounters with Asian lady beetles, and what to do if she ends up like Bailey.

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Household Items That Are Hazardous to Cats!

As any cat-lover will know, our feline friends can get their nose into almost every corner of the house. From closets and cupboards, sheds to shoe-boxes, cats really do love a good nosy! ?

And, while it’s impossible to protect your kitty companion from every danger she might encounter, there are a few items that vets agree should be kept out of the reach of naughty paws. Take a look at our list of household items that are hazardous to cats…

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Groups appeal ruling on killing wolves

June 6, 2018 By Eric Barker Lewiston Tribune

A coalition of environmental groups has asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a January ruling by a federal judge in Idaho that said a small federal agency doesn’t need to complete a new environmental study before killing wolves in the state.

The Boise-based Advocates for the West filed the appeal late last week for its clients, the Friends of the Clearwater, Western Watersheds Project, Center for Biological Diversity, WildEarth Guardians and Predator Defense. The groups claimed Wildlife Services must follow the National Environmental Policy Act and complete an EIS before killing wolves at the behest of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Wildlife Services has killed more than 100 wolves, at the request of state wildlife managers, in the Lolo Zone near the Idaho-Montana state line since 2011, in an effort to aid ailing elk herds there. That number includes 10 this year.

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US officials OK plan to rebuild Isle Royale wolf population

By John Flesher – 6/7/18 AP

Traverse City, Mich. — With the wolves of Isle Royale National Park on the verge of dying out, federal officials Thursday announced a plan to relocate 20-30 of the elusive predators from the mainland to the Lake Superior archipelago over the next several years, starting as early as this fall.

The National Park Service formally committed to rebuilding the island’s gray wolf population after three years of study and debate, acknowledging the move was contrary to the usual hands-off approach toward designated wilderness areas.

Superintendent Phyllis Green described the move as a necessary trade-off to prevent the park’s moose from becoming so abundant they overeat its trees and shrubs, damaging the environment and eventually threatening their own food supply.

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Report: Wisconsin wolf population may be stabilizing

6/6/18 AP

Madison, Wis. — The state’s wolf population may be stabilizing after decades of growth, according to a report from the Wisconsin Department of Resources.

Volunteer trackers reported between 900 and 950 wolf sightings this winter, a slight decline compared to the numbers from the previous year, Wisconsin Public Radio reported.

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Wolf Education International

Newsletter June 4th, 2018

Video: Wolves continue to kill livestock in northwest Minnesota

Guest Column: Wolf expansion has ranchers worried about their livelihoods

The Economic Impact of Wolves

Commissioners right to be wary of wolves

Newsletter June 9th, 2018

Cattle producer says wolves cause breeding problems

Urban Coyote Attacks Increasing on Humans and Deer
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Justify claims Triple Crown with Belmont Stakes win

(Reuters) – June 9, 2018

Justify won the Belmont Stakes in New York on Saturday to claim U.S. thoroughbred racing’s coveted Triple Crown, becoming just the second horse to achieve the feat since 1978 and the 13th overall.

The favored three-year-old chestnut colt seized an early lead he never relinquished as he stormed around the 1.5 mile (12-furlong) course in two minutes 28.18 seconds for the wire-to-wire win at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.

The 24-1 long-shot Gronkowski battled from the back of the pack to cross the line second, almost two lengths behind Justify, while the 5-1 Hofburg finished third amid overcast but dry conditions.

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51-year-old woman seriously injured by elk

Jun 04, 2018 Local News 8

Yellowstone National Park (KIFI/KIDK) – Yellowstone National Park officials report a 51-year-old Las Vegas woman was attacked by a cow elk behind the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel on Sunday, June 3.

The elk reportedly reared up and kicked Charlene Triplett multiple times with its front legs hitting Triplett’s head, torso and back.

Triplett was flown to the trauma center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center because of the severity of her injuries.

According to officials, the elk was protecting a calf bedded down roughly 20 feet away and hidden by other cars.

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Another woman injured by elk in accidental encounter

Local News 8 June 5, 2018

Yellowstone National Park (KIFI/KIDK) – Yellowstone National Park Officials report another woman was injured by a cow elk in an accidental encounter behind the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel on the morning of Tuesday, June 5.

Penny Allyson Behr, 53, from Cypress, Texas was walking between two cabins when she was surprised by an elk bedded along the cabin wall with a calf nearby. She attempted to back away, but the elk pursued and struck her with its legs in the head and torso.

An ambulance transported Behr to Livingston Memorial Hospital.

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Tourist gored by bison in Yellowstone National Park

The woman is the third person to be injured by wildlife in Yellowstone in just four days.

KTVB June 7, 2018

Yellowstone National Park — A tourist who got too close to a male bison in Yellowstone National Park was gored when the animal charged her Wednesday.

The incident marks the fourth person injured by Yellowstone wildlife in just over a month.

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Rock chuck latches onto 6-year-old girl’s finger

By Tristan Lewis Jun 08, 2018 Local News 8


Photo by Wanda Bates 2000

Idaho Falls, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – You see them in your neighborhood, and around town; they’re known to be harmless. But a recent report of a 6-year-old being bitten by a rock chuck, or marmot, has one local mother wanting something done about the nuisances.

Wednesday afternoon, Kayla Bradshaw was outside her home in Idaho Falls. Her daughter was walking their Yorkshire terrier on a sidewalk when a rock chuck appeared on a neighbor’s front lawn. The marmot went after the dog, and Bradshaw’s daughter immediately picked the dog up.

“In the process of doing that, she was bitten by this fairly large rock chuck,” said Bradshaw.

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Sage grouse DNA study maps crucial mating grounds in US West

By Keith Ridler – 6/5/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — Sage grouse have a vast network of mating grounds in the U.S. West akin to interconnected regional airport hubs that the imperiled species is using to maintain genetic diversity across its entire range, a DNA study has revealed.

The 19-page report by the U.S. Forest Service that appeared in a scientific journal in early May involved nearly 6,000 sage grouse samples collected from 2005 to 2015 and maps of some 1,200 mating sites in 10 western states and the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

Scientists say identifying mating sites that are the most critical hubs can help land managers avoid decisions that could cut the genetic exchange sage grouse need to remain a viable species.

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Tick-borne illness rare in Idaho, but very serious

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare says “it’s been quiet” so far, in terms of diseases in humans, this year. However, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is one nasty disease not many people are aware of.

Morgan Boydston KTVB June 7, 2018

Eagle — It’s a topic that can make your skin crawl: ticks. And we’re hearing they’re out in force this season.

With more ticks, may come more tick-borne illnesses. But the good news is the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare says “it’s been quiet” so far in terms of diseases in humans this year.

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Mormon crickets invade town of Murphy

A KTVB crew in town for another story captured video of the migrating insects crawling everywhere.

KTVB June 7, 2018

Murphy, Idaho – An unwanted seasonal visitor is back in Southwest Idaho. The town of Murphy is being overrun by Mormon crickets.

On Wednesday, a KTVB crew in town for another story spotted the swarming insects crawling all over the exterior walls of the Owyhee County Courthouse.

Deputy clerk Lena Johnson says the crickets are making the walk into into and out of her office a little more difficult.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
http://www.cbbulletin.com
June 8, 2018
Issue No. 875
Table of Contents

* Spring Chinook Fishing Extended With Increased Bag Limit; So Far, Jacks Passage Very Low
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440892.aspx

* Study: Less Healthy Adult Sockeye Migrate Earlier Than Healthy Fish To Freshwater
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440891.aspx

* NOAA Fisheries Delivers First Court-Ordered Spring Spill For Fish Report; Shows Complex Operations
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440890.aspx

* Flows Drop on Columbia/Snake, Allows Transition Back To Court-Ordered Spill; Water Supply Forecasts Well Above Average
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440889.aspx

* Idaho Power Files Suit Against EPA Over Water Temperature Standards In Snake River
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440888.aspx

* Washington Stops Boat With Invasive Mussels East Of Spokane; Was Traveling Michigan To Alaska
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440887.aspx

* 2017 Montana Wolf Report Estimates Over 900 Wolves; Says 255 Wolves Harvested 2017-18 Season
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440886.aspx

* Deschutes River Alliance Urges District Court To Maintain Jurisdiction In Clean Water Case
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440885.aspx

* Study Shows Even Small Amounts Of Running Water Can Make a Big Difference For Coastal Coho
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440884.aspx

* Study: Ocean Warming Cause Of Massive Seabird Die-Off On West Coast In 2014
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440883.aspx
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Fish & Game News:

Public comment period is open for proposed F&G rules requiring legislative approval

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Specialist
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Proposed rules are being considered by the Fish and Game commission, but require legislation

People have until June 27 to enter their comments on these proposals. People can read the full proposals and comment by going to F&G’s Rulemaking Page and filling out online comments.

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Moose, Bighorn sheep and mountain goat results now available

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Specialist
Friday, June 8, 2018

Controlled hunt applicants must log in to licensing system to get results

Hunters can now check to see if they drew controlled hunt tags for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat. Results are posted through Fish and Game’s licensing system at huntfishidaho.net for those who have already have an account.

Those without an account can get step-by-step instructions on the Controlled Hunts web page. Hunters who were successful in the drawing will receive their tags in the mail.

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Funny Critter Stuff:

Snake slithers out of car’s vent as Va. woman drives down the road

by Elizabeth Tyree Wednesday, June 6th 2018


A 2½-foot snake came out of the air vent in a woman’s SUV as she was driving it on her lunch break Monday in Warrenton, Va. (Lora Goff)

Warrenton, Va. (WSET) — A woman got a big shock while driving down Main Street in downtown Warrenton.

Lora Goff told the Washington Post that she was on her lunch break when she looked down next to her steering wheel to see a snake slithering out of the air vent.

Goff said she tried to remain calm as she pulled off the road, jumped out of the SUV, and called police.

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Seasonal Humor:

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